Booktopia SF & Fantasy Buzz
January 2010 | Edition Eight
SEND TO A FRIEND | SIGN UP | CONTACT US
WELCOME TO THE FIRST SF & FANTASY BUZZ OF 2010
Happy New Year Science Fiction and Fantasy readers!

It's time to make some New Year resolutions and I've already written a list for myself:
  • Learn to speak Spanish
  • Read more Short Stories
  • Call Mum more often
  • Create a place where people can browse the best Science Fiction & Fantasy books each month more quickly and easily
Well, the first three are a work in progress (Le llamaré Mamá. Nos hablamos pronto. ¡Le prometo!) but the very clever people who work tirelessly behind the scenes at Booktopia are helping me make the fourth a reality. There will soon be a Science Fiction and Fantasy Homepage where you can go to find all the best new spec fiction releases each month. This will feature all the books in this newsletter plus many more, all hand selected by me and all at great discounted prices. In the meantime, you can find many of them here and here.

Of course, the SF & Fantasy Buzz is still here with reviews and news about the most exciting new titles. And 2010 has started perfectly with the first book in a new series from one of my all time favourite authors, Jasper Fforde. Shades of Grey is  ingeniously original in a away only Jasper Fforde can pull off. It's my January Book of the Month and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Also featured in this month's Buzz you will find thought-provoking new science fiction from Joe Haldeman, awe inspiring epic fantasy from Paul Hoffman and Demonwar resolutions from Raymond E. Feist. You'll also find reviews on the best new Australian and International releases and the most exciting Young Adult books out this month.

I've also profiled the books to look out for in February so you can get your orders in early. Plus, the Aurealis Awards shortlists have recently been announced and you can find all the nominations for Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Young Adult Novels right here.

2010 is only young but there's already plenty to add to your reading list. So make it one of your resolutions to take more time to enjoy a few good books and start building that reading pile.

(And don't forget to call your mother!)

¡Feliz Leyendo!

Richard Bilkey
Editor SF & Fantasy Buzz
RICHARD'S BOOK OF THE MONTH
SHADES OF GREY 1: THE ROAD TO HIGH SAFFRON
by Jasper Fforde

Let me just put this out there straight up: I would knock down my own Grandmother if she stood between me and a new Jasper Fforde novel. There are few authors I idolise as much as Jasper Fforde, the man who brought us, Jurisfiction, the Chronoguard, full body-contact croquet and the ingenious Footnoterphone! Imagine, then, my  hand-trembling excitement as I explored a world utterly different from that of the Thursday Next series, a vision of the future I guarantee you've never even dreamt about before, and yet still so unmistakeably Ffordeian.

Shades of Grey takes place in a society entirely governed by a Colourtocracy: a system based on the Munsell Colour System. One's social standing, career potential, address and even marriage prospects are determined entirely by your own innate colour perception - the range of colours your retinas perceive and to what intensity. The social order has been kept for centuries by strict adherence to the Book of Muns, a meticulous and legally infallible rulebook written in the great Epiphany, that, among many other arbitrary laws, prohibits the production of any new spoons.

Of course, any social ladder implies a bottom rung and in this world it belongs to the Greys. With less than 15% colour perception they are treated little better than slaves, performing all the menial labour for the society for minimum wages. Most bow to their fate with the acceptance of people who know they have no hope of beating the system but there are some in the Fringe towns who refuse to conform, despite the risk of being sent to the Emerald City for Reboot. 

It is to the Fringe that a young Red named Eddie Russett has been sent with his father to conduct a chair census - a futile disciplinary task designed to teach him humility. With ambitions to marry into the well-to-do Oxblood family and their profitable string empire, a sojourn in the uncivilised Fringe is a real blow to his prospects.  it's here that Eddie becomes captivated by the dangerously rebellious Jane Grey and is drawn into a mystery that goes to the dark truth at the centre of the entire Colourtocracy.

Jasper Fforde builds his world and reveals the mystery at its heart patiently, almost teasingly, with tantalising and hilarious details on every page about the life in post-Epiphanic England where swans are feared almost as much as lightning and the population puzzles over scant relics left over from the defacting, such as Parker Brothers Maps and Model T Fords. It has a slower pace to it than the Thursday Next series but the central characters are enormously likeable and Eddie's first person narrative so earnestly charming that you are quickly won over and swept along with increasing fascination.

Shades of Grey is an Austenesque comedy of manners set in an Orwellian dystopia, written by one of the sharpest and most inventive wits alive today. Absolutely essential reading this Summer.

Click here to order this title:
Shades of Grey 1: The Road to High Saffron
RRP: $32.99 Booktopia Price $27.99 SAVE 15%
FEATURED SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY
FEATURED SCIENCE FICTION   FEATURED FANTASY
STARBOUND
Joe Haldeman


Joe Haldeman is a giant in science fiction. One of the few authors to win both the Hugo and Nebula awards in the same year (The Forever War - 1975) he has published over 20 novels in a stellar career that shows no sign of slowing down.

Starbound is the sequel to Marsbound, a novel that provided an inventive new take on the old Martian tropes. It followed Carmen Dula, one of the first colonists on Mars and the accidental first human to have contact with an alien race.

Dubbed 'Martians' by the colonists, the intelligent aliens are not actually from Mars at all. Though friendly to the humans, the Martians are in fact the artificial creation of another, more powerful race known only as the Others - an advanced civilisation that sees no place for humanity in their universe.

In Starbound Carmen and her new husband are sent on a peace mission to the home planet of the Others. Travelling at close to light speed their round trip of 6 six years takes 50 years back on Earth and in that time mankind has developed several weapons of mass destruction to defend themselves and they refuse to believe Carmen's report that the Others are far more powerful than anyone predicted.

Starbound cleverly uses relativity as a central plot device and there is far more to this book than your regular space opera thriller. Never officially released in Australia, both Marsbound and Starbound are first class SF reads.

Click here to order this title:
Starbound
RRP: $39.99 Booktopia Price $33.95
SAVE 15%


MORE FEATURED SCIENCE FICTION:


WAKE
Robert J. Sawyer

What happens when the net becomes self aware? A powerful future history thriller about the world's first artificial intelligence.

Click here to order this title:
Wake
RRP: $32.99 Booktopia Price $27.99
SAVE 15%


7TH SON: DESCENT
J.C. Hutchins

Originally released as podcasts with over 3.5 million downloads, this  is a must read series for fans of serious gen-tech thrillers.

Click here to order this title:
7th Son: Descent
RRP: $22.99 Booktopia Price $19.50
SAVE 15%


DARTH BANE: DYNASTY OF EVIL
Drew Karpyshyn

The concluding chapter in Karpyshyn's trilogy on the life of the great Sith Lord, Darth Bane.

Click here to order this title:
Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil
RRP: $55.00 Booktopia Price $46.75
SAVE 15%


Looking for even more of the latest Science Fiction? Click HERE to check out more SF books.
 
THE LEFT HAND OF GOD
Paul Hoffman

Many reviewers have already pegged this book as the biggest fantasy release of 2010. That's a big claim only days into the New Year but it's not hard to see why this is book is getting so much hype.

From its opening lines we are  drawn into an intense, almost urgent atmosphere as Hoffman cleverly hints at the depths and layers of the story to come. This is a world where nothing and no one can be trusted, where words can have great power but little meaning and where cynicism and dark humour are essential to survival.

Our protagonist (hero is too definite a word this early in such an ambiguous series), Thomas Cale, has been raised by the fanatical and brutal Redeemer Monks for a life as a religious soldier. Cale learned early the value of well told lie and the necessity of secrecy - skills that serve Cale well as he and his companions make their way in a world on the brink of holy war. For discretion is not the only skill Cale possesses and there are some very powerful and determined people who will go to great lengths to control him.

While The Left Hand of God reads like an epic fantasy, it features no magic and its world is more of an alternate history with a patchwork of references from Jesus of Nazareth and Jonah, to Australian place names such as Arnhem Land and The Bite. It is a fantasy novel with big ideas, complex characters, absorbing action, entertaining dialogue and a plot that will shock and surprise. The Left Hand of God really has it all, setting the bar high for 2010.

Click here to order this title:
The Left Hand of God
RRP: $32.99 Booktopia Price $27.99
SAVE 15%


MORE FEATURED FANTASY:


THE CARDINAL'S BLADES
Pierre Pevel

From one of France's most loved Fantasy writers, this is swashbuckling alternate history with dragons in 17th Century Europe.

Click here to order this title:
The Cardinal's Blades
RRP: $32.99 Booktopia Price: $21.25
SAVE 15%


WINGS OF WRATH
Celia Friedman

Book 2 of the Magister Trilogy, a dark epic fantasy with a strong psychological twist that looks at magic in a disturbing new way.

Click here to order this title:
Wings of Wrath: Magister 2
RRP: $32.99 Booktopia Price $27.99
SAVE 15%


CHASING THE DRAGON
Justina Robson

The fourth book in the explosive Quantum Gravity series, mixing high octane SF with gritty urban fantasy for one hell of a ride.

Click here to order this title:
Chasing the Dragon
RRP: $32.99 Booktopia Price $27.99
SAVE 15%


Looking for even more of the latest Fantasy? Click HERE to check out more Fantasy books.
THE BLOCKBUSTER SERIES CONTINUES
AT THE GATES OF DARKNESS
Raymond E. Feist

Following on directly from Rides a Dread Legion, At the Gates of Darkness is the second and concluding book in the Demonwar Saga and the 26th novel chronologically in the expansive Riftwar Cycle. It's remarkable that Feist has managed to keep this series alive with such a strong following over so many years. And, while it's true that his Riftwar Cycle does tend to rely on the invasion plot device to set up each new saga, his epic fantasy style, strong character development and sharp eye for the dramatic moment keep his fans coming back time and time again.

Set 10 years after the events of Wrath of a Mad God, the Demonwar Saga unfolds as an advanced race of elves, known as the taredhel or 'people of the stars' invade Midkemia, convinced it is their ancient homeland of legend and determined to take on their rightful position as leaders of the planet. Arrogant and ruthless, they pose a significant threat to the Conclave. But Pug and the Conclave realise that the true threat is not from the taredhel but their demon horde that has driven them from their home planet and pursues them relentlessly across the galaxy.

Now, in At the Gates of Darkness, they are about to find themselves fighting war on three fronts. The taredhel have established themselves in Midkemia and look to take control before the demon hordes arrive. Meanwhile the mad magician Belasco has come from nowhere with formidable power and a very dark agenda. And all the while the demons, more cunning than anyone first believed, are on their way. But, most disturbing of all is the hidden hand that is becoming more and more apparent in each move against the peoples of Midkemia.

It's too much to ask a new reader to jump in this far into the series - there is just far too much back story and character development to catch up on. In fact, it's one of the weaknesses of the Demonwar Saga that it relies a little too heavily on all the work done in previous novels. There are some interesting new characters but on the whole this is a series designed to tie up loose ends rather than win over new fans.

Click here to order this title:
At the Gates of Darkness
RRP: $49.99 Booktopia Price $42.50  SAVE 15%


AND WHAT ABOUT THESE BIG NEW SERIES RELEASES?


STREET GAME: GHOSTWALKER BOOK 8
Christine Feehan

One of the biggest names in urban fantasy, Christine Feehan's New York Times Bestselling Ghostwalker series is hard edged, action packed and as steamy as they come. Street Game focuses on Mack, leader of the Ghostwalkers, as he follows a terrorist group to San Francisco and finds an old flame he thought had disappeared forever.

Click here to order this title:
Street Game: Ghostwalker Book 4
From RRP: $15.95 Booktopia Price: $9.99  SAVE 38%


THE GHOST KING: TRANSITIONS BOOK 3
R.A. Salvatore

This is the 20th Drizzt novel by R.A. Salvatore and the third and concluding chapter of the Transitions series. The Drizzt novels all take place in the Forgotten Realms, and are perhaps the most popular series of role-playing novels ever. The Ghost King will also wrap up the longer story arch featuring the companions of Mithril Hall.

Click here to order this title:
The Ghost King: Transitions Book 3
RRP: $55.00 Booktopia Price: $40.95  SAVE 25%

FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION AROUND THE WORLD
BEST NEW AUSSIE TITLES
  INTERNATIONAL TITLES
THE RISEN QUEEN
Duncan Lay

The Risen Queen is the second volume in The Dragon Sword Histories, the debut epic fantasy series by Central Coast author Duncan Lay. He has already drawn comparisons with David Gemmell for his intense battle scenes.

In fact there is more than a little of Gemmell's influence in this new series, though it has something the British fantasy legend never quite managed: a strong female lead character. The 'Risen Queen' of the title is Merren, the rightful heir to the throne of Norstalos, who must fight her usurper cousin, Duke Gello. Joining her cause are a motley crew including the wizard Barrett, the bandit Conal and the Ralloran war veteran Martil, master of the magical Dragon Sword.

Under Martil's military command they have been able to wrest Sendric and some other towns from Gellos' tyrannic control but the Duke has changed tactics, using bards as agents of propaganda to turn the people against Merren and Martil's army. Merren's hopes of being welcomed home as the liberator Queen seem to be slipping away and Martil and his men fear they may never find redemption for the terrible slaughter at Bellic that still haunts their dreams.

The Wounded Guardian promised so much in a debut author and The Risen Queen follows it up with another engrossing read for fans if great epic fantasy.

Click here to order this title:
The Risen Queen
RRP: $22.99 Booktopia Price $19.50
SAVE 15%


More Great Australian SF & Fantasy:


EARTH TO HELL
Kylie Chan

Book 3 in this all-action urban fantasy series based on Chinese mythology. For girls who appreciate a good flying kick now and again.

Click here to order this title:
Earth to Hell
RRP: $22.99 Booktopia Price $19.50
SAVE 15%


BEING OF THE FIELD
Traci Harding

The first book in an intriguing new space opera series with a psychic twist - are we all connected in the quantum universe?

Click here to order this title:
Being of the Field
RRP: $32.99 Booktopia Price $27.99
SAVE 15%

Looking for even more of the latest Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy? Click HERE and HERE to check out Booktopia's SF & Fantasy categories.
 
HASTUR LORD:
A NOVEL OF DARKOVER

Marion Zimmer Bradley

The world of Darkover is one of the most beloved and developed science fiction and fantasy domains of all time. First appearing in the magazine Other Worlds in 1957, back in the golden age of science fiction, Darkover was built upon constantly by Marion Zimmer Bradley until her death in 1999.

She also actively encouraged other authors to write in the Darkover universe and there are numerous anthologies and short story collections that further expand the world in new and exciting ways. Deborah J. Ross was the author who collaborated most closely with Marion Zimmer Bradley, and the pair were working together on several  separate manuscripts when Bradley died.

Hastur Lord was one of these manuscripts, set in the Second Age Against the Terrans as Regis Hastur battles to keep Darkover independent from the Terran Empire. The Empire itself is looking to become a Federation and has sent invitations to many worlds, offering the benefits of protection and close friendship with the technologically advanced civilisation. But Regis understands the strategic  value of Darkover for the Terrans who will turn it into little more than a military base and mine the planet of its resources. Regis can't let that happen.

Darkover fans will devour this original addition to this favourite series.

Click here to order this title:
Hastur Lord
RRP: $39.99 Booktopia Price $33.95
SAVE 15%


More titles you won't find in Australia:


BRAIN THIEF
Alexander Jablokov


A gripping literary science fiction thriller set in the near future that will make you remember why you love the genre so much.

Click here to order this title:
Brain Thief
RRP: $45.00 Booktopia Price $38.25
SAVE 15%


THE BOOK OF HEROES
Miyuki Miyabe

Beautiful fantasy for young adults by one of Japan's favourite authors. A young girl enters a magical world to help save her brother.

Click here to order this title:
The Book of Heroes
RRP: $39.95 Booktopia Price: $33.95
SAVE 15%

Looking for even more of the latest  International Science Fiction & Fantasy? Click HERE and HERE to check out Booktopia's SF & Fantasy categories.
THE MOST EXCITING YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY
THE CROWED SHADOWS
Celine Kiernan

The brilliant follow up to one of my favourite debut novels from 2009, The Poison Throne - the first book in The Moorehawke Trilogy. The series is light fantasy, with a strong historical fiction feel - the action takes place in a medieval kingdom in an era very reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition. The world building in the series is quite economic, however, and The Poison Throne was a book that took place entirely within a single castle and its grounds. Its strength was the intense, claustrophobic drama that built up within the royal court as the young Wynter, or Lady Moorehawke, and her ailing father attempt to find out why their enlightened kingdom has fallen into superstitious tyranny in their five year absence.

The Crowded Shadows moves outside the castle and into the forests beyond as Wynter flees the court and its poisonous politics to follow her friend Prince Razi and his companion Christopher. They seek the rebel prince Alberon in the hope of preventing a civil war that will tear the kingdom apart. Fearing attack from the Loups-Garous, they take refuge with Christopher's adopted people, the gypsy-like Merron. But even here Wynter doesn't know who she can trust as she discovers the Merron are working for the same enemy she and her father have spent the last five years fighting in the North.

The books are character driven, with wonderful dialogue and great depth to each of their conflicting motivations, emotions and loyalties. Kiernan developed great tension and suspense in The Poison Throne so that you always felt something was about to happen. The action, when it did arrive was often breathtakingly powerful and always unpredictable. Fortunately she manages to keep this intensity going through The Crowded Shadows as well.

Like The Poison Throne, The Crowded Shadows is a book for older teens and adults, with less straight out action and more mature relationships. Wynter's strong feelings for Christopher are another focus of the book but they are complicated by revelations about his past with the Merron people. We see more of the world and the other cultures within it in this book as well and much of the joy from reading The Crowded Shadows is in these cleverly written details.

My only qualm was that some of the answers to the questions raised in The Poison Throne were deliberately withheld from the reader (and Wynter) so that they could be revealed in the final book, but this is hard to avoid in the middle book of a trilogy. As the title suggests, there are enemies and secrets everywhere and they all seem to be gravitating towards Prince Alberon, hiding somewhere in the wilds. It is a perfect set up for a dramatic finale in The Rebel Prince and I for one can't wait to get me hands on it.

Click here to order this title:
The Crowded Shadows
RRP: $19.99 Booktopia Price: $16.95  SAVE 15%


MORE FANTASTIC YOUNG ADULT NOVELS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT:


BEAUTIFUL CREATURES
Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

An intense high school love story with witchcraft that is quickly winning many fans around the world. Set in the rural American south it has a dark, Gothic atmosphere and a strong paranormal premise that completely absorbs the reader. Told from the perspective of Ethan, his relationship with the Caster, Lena, is beautifully written.

Click here to order this title:
Beautiful Creatures
RRP: $19.95 Booktopia Price $16.95 SAVE 15%


OATHBREAKER 1: ASSASSIN'S APPRENTICE
Vaught, SR & Redmond, JB

A vivid and action-packed epic fantasy perfect for teenage boys in particular. Aron is a young farm boy who dreams of racing animals when his life is changed forever by the 'Harvest' - selected by the High Master Stormbreaker from the Guild of Assassins who recognises the powerful magical talent within him.

Click here to order this title:
Assassin's Apprentice
RRP: $19.95 Booktopia Price: $16.95  SAVE 15%

Looking for even more of the latest Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy? Click HERE and HERE to check out Booktopia's Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy categories.

   
Booktopia.com.au
Archives
In This Issue

Book of the Month

Featured Science Fiction

Featured Fantasy

Big Series Releases

Home Grown

Best from Overseas

For Young Adults

Coming up in February

Aurealis Award Shortlists:
   Science Fiction
   Fantasy
   Horror
   Young Adult

WANT TO KEEP UP WITH THE LATEST BUZZ?

Booktopia Buzz
Food & Drink
Craft
Romance
6-12s Buzz
0-5s Buzz

Click here to update your newsletter preferences.














COMING UP IN FEBRUARY

There are some great titles lined up for February and now's your chance to get your pre-orders in. Here are my highlights:

Robert Rankin is second only to Terry Pratchett in the realms of comic fantasy. Join his legions of fans and find out why.

Book 2 in The Fallen Moon series  from new Australian author K.J. Taylor. Clever, original and full of dark fun, it follows up the Aurealis Award nominated The Dark Griffin.

A new vision of geektopia from the master of cyber punk, Cory Docorow. But will it survive?

A deluxe collection of new and reprinted stories featuring one of Neil Gaiman's most fascinating characters, Death, from the incredible comic book series The Sandman.

Terrific new steam punk from the very talented Israeli born author Lavie Tidhar - if you haven't heard of him yet you need to catch up!

The 7th and final book in Garth Nix's brilliant young adult series. Vivid, Imaginative and full of action, this has been one of the top Australian fantasy series of recent years.
Click on the titles below to read more and to pre-order your copies:
RETROMANCER
Robert Rankin
RRP: $32.99
Booktopia Price $27.99
SAVE 15%
FLIRT
Laurel K. Hamilton
RRP: $27.99 Booktopia Price $23.79
SAVE 15%
WIZARD SQUARED
K.E.Mills
RRP: $24.99
Booktopia Price $21.25
SAVE 15%
THE GRIFFIN'S FLIGHT
K.J. Taylor
RRP: $22.99
Booktopia Price $19.50
SAVE 15%
MAKERS
Cory Doctorow
RRP: $32.99
Booktopia Price $27.99
SAVE 15%
MR SHIVERS
Robert Jackson Bennett
RRP: $29.99
Booktopia Price $25.50
SAVE 15%
ABSOLUTE DEATH
Neil Gaiman
RRP: $190.00
Booktopia Price $161.50
SAVE 15%
THE BOOKMAN
Lavie Tidhar
RRP: $20.99
Booktopia Price $17.84
SAVE 15%
LORD SUNDAY
Garth Nix
RRP: $15.99
Booktopia Price $13.59
SAVE 15%
SECRETS OF THE FIRE SEA
Stephen Hunt
RRP: $32.99
Booktopia Price $27.99
SAVE 15%
AUREALIS AWARD NOMINATIONS

The short lists are in for the 2009 Aurealis Awards, recognising Australia's best Science Fiction and Fantasy writing. It's been another strong year for Australian SF & Fantasy and the number of new authors in this years list is good news for the future.

Aurealis Best Science Fiction Novel

There are only two titles in the SF short list and it's hard to go past Andrew McGahan's dizzying literary masterpiece but Sean William's conclusion to the Astropolis series was space opera at it's most gripping.
THE GRAND CONJUNCTION
Sean Williams
From RRP: $12.66 Booktopia Price $11.40
SAVE 15%
WONDERS OF A GODLESS WORLD
Andrew McGahan
RRP: $32.99 Booktopia Price $27.99
SAVE 15% IN STOCK

Aurealis Best Fantasy Novel

Five very strong fantasy titles and a couple of new authors to watch out for in K.J. Taylor and Peter M. Ball. Ball's brilliant and subversive urban fantasy novella Horn is notable, coming from the small but exciting Perth-based indie publisher Twelfth Planet Press.
HORN
Peter M. Ball
RRP: $10.00
Booktopia Price $8.50
SAVE 15%
THE MAGICIAN'S APPRENTICE
Trudi Carnavan
From RRP: $22.99
Booktopia Price $19.50
SAVE 15%
THE LAST STORMLORD
Glenda Larke
From RRP: $12.66
Booktopia Price $11.40
SAVE 15%
WITCHES INCORPORATED
K.E. Mills
From RRP: $12.66
Booktopia Price $11.40
SAVE 15%
THE DARK GRIFFIN
K.J. Taylor
RRP: $22.99
Booktopia Price $19.50
SAVE 15%

Aurealis Best Horror Novel

It's worth noting that every book in the horror short list is a debut novel - great news if you love a good scare. Horn gets another nomination along with Tracey O'Hara's dark urban fantasy psychological thrillers from H.M. Brown and Stephen Irwin. Kaaron Warren's intense and disturbing vision of hell is my pick however.
HORN
Peter M. Ball
RRP: $10.00
Booktopia Price $8.50
SAVE 15%
RED QUEEN
H.M. Brown
RRP: $29.99
Booktopia Price $25.50
SAVE 15%
THE DEAD PATH
Stephen Irwin
RRP: $32.99
Booktopia Price $27.99
SAVE 15%
THE NIGHT'S COLD KISS
Tracey O'Hara
RRP: $19.99 Booktopia Price $11.50
SAVE 43%
SLIGHTS
Kaaron Warren
RRP: $20.99
Booktopia Price $17.85
SAVE 15%

Aurealis Best Young Adult Novel

Children's and young adult fiction has always been very strong in Australia and our authors are popular all around the world. Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan, with it's lushly illustrated mix of steam punk bio-engineering  must be the favourite this year. 
THE PUZZLE RING
Kate Forsythe
RRP: $16.99
Booktopia Price $14.50
SAVE 15% IN STOCK
THE MUSEUM OF MARY CHILD
Cassandra Golds
RRP: $17.95
Booktopia Price $15.25
SAVE 15%
A SMALL FREE KISS IN THE DARK
Glenda Millard
RRP: $16.95
Booktopia Price $14.50
SAVE 15%
LEVIATHAN
Scott Westerfeld
RRP: $29.95
Booktopia Price $25.50
SAVE 15% IN STOCK
THE SCARECROW
Sean Williams
RRP: $14.99
Booktopia Price $12.75
SAVE 15%